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Basil Salmon

Homemade pesto adds instant flair to these tasty salmon fillets. While they bake in the oven, you can assemble the simple green salad.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 4 teaspoons shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)

Directions

  • For pesto, combine the basil, oil, garlic, pepper, lemon juice, salt and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped.
  • Place the salmon in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Spread 2 tablespoons pesto over fillets. (Cover and refrigerate remaining pesto for another use.)
  • Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-22 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 205 calories, 18g fat (3g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 10g protein.

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  • Sarah
    May 6, 2020

    I love the simple elegance of this recipe. The pesto is nicely balanced. Lemon basil or Thai basil can be used as well for a twist.

  • Amanda_K
    Dec 20, 2008

    This is one of our favorite ways to prepare salmon. When basil isn't in season, we'll cheat and use prepared pesto. It's delicious!